Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz
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Semantic Web

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Summer Term 2016

Semantic web describes data on the web maintaining its semantics in such a way that other web applications may "understand" the meaning of the data with only little effort. Semantic web has developed from a research initiative in the late 20th century into a fast growing infrastructure for application domains, such as bioinformatics or eGovernment. This infrastructure is driven by W3C standards as well as by methods and technologies from a diverse area of computer science disciplines, such as artificial intelligence, databases and human-computer interaction. This course will give an overview and introduction to core and current semantic web technologies, including: 

  • Description Logics;
  • XML, RDF, OWL;
  • Ontologies, ontology engineering, ontology design patterns;
  • SPARQL, named graphs, networked graphs;
  • Linked open data;
  • Information extraction;
  • Semantic Web services

Required Knowledge

Basic knowledge about logics and data engineering recommended.

Acquired Competence

The student will be enabled to design and develop semantic Web applications. The student will be enabled to progress Semantic Web technologies in order to broaden and facilitate their use. The student will be enabled to understand the interaction of different standards, their technical implications as well as the social processes that underly various Semantic Web applications.


Dr. Matthias Thimm


  • The post-exam review of the exam from Jul 27 will take place on Aug 2 at 10:00 in room B.013.
  • There will be no lecture on July 4. Instead, students are advised to attend the keynote speech "Social Machines 2.0: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networking, and Humanity" by James Handler (9:00-10:00 in D.239, part of the Web Science Summer School)
  • The exam will be on July 26 at 14:00, see below for details
  • No lecture on May 16 and no tutorials on May 19 and May 26 (public holidays)
  • No tutorial on May 5 (public holiday)
  • Please make use of the newsgroup "infko.semanticweb".Collaborate, discuss and ask questions!
  • Groups are now setup in SVN. Please submit your solutions in your according group folder:[group]
  • Please register and find your SVN groups:


  • Lecture: Mondays 08:30-10:00 in room B.013
  • Tutorials: Thursdays 14:15-15:45 in room B.017



Exercise sheets:


For obtaining the credits of the course it is mandatory to participate in the tutorials of the course, obtain at least 60% of the credits, and pass the exam (written or orally) at the end of the course.


  • The exam will be on July 26, 14:00 s.t. in room E.011
  • In order to attend the exam you have to register for it in KLIPS    
    • Registration opens on July 1
    • Registration ends on July 22
  • In order to attend the exam at least a 60% score in the tutorials is necessary
  • Please register for the exam on time, even if it is not sure whether you will make the 60%
  • If you are registered for the exam but have not reached the 60% you will be removed from the exam (this is not counted as a failed exam)


  • Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph. Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies. CRC Press, 2011
  • Pascal Hitzler, Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph, York Sure. Semantic Web. Springer, 2008
  • Dean Allemang, Jim Hendler. Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist. Elsevier, 2011


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